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A new patent application from Apple revealed this week shows a wireless display users would wear on their head in the form of glasses or goggles.

The application, entitled "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display," shows a pair of goggles with an integrated screen and headphones. The device could wirelessly communicate with another device, like an iPhone, to share content or control the headset.

Apple notes that current head-mounted devices often are unwieldy and too complex. The proposed invention would simplify the system and eliminate "redundant features."

"There is a need for an improved head-mounted display system, particularly a system that temporarily integrates or merges both mechanically and electronically a head-mounted device with a portable electronic device," the application reads.

The document describes a head-mounted device with a frame that places a screen directly in front of the user's eyes. The glasses could be configured to wirelessly display the content shown on the accompanying iPhone screen.

The system would also adjust the image so that it would be appropriate for the close-up viewing necessary for the glasses to work. The form factor, the application states, would allow the user to "relax while viewing image based content on the head-mounted device because he does not have to hold onto the portable electronic device."



In addition to a display screen, the head-mounted display could include controls, a camera, microphone, speaker, batteries, sensors and more. These could be used for unique control methods while wearing the glasses.

"For example," the application reads, "accelerometers on the head-mounted device and/or the portable electronic device can be used to detect the user's head movements. In this example, the head-mounted device... can associate a particular head movement with a command for controlling an operating of the head-mounted display system.



"As yet another example, the head-mounted system... can utilized a proximity sensor on one or both of the head mounted device and portable electronic device to detect and identify the relationship between the two devices or to detect and identify things in the outside environment."

Filed for on Aug. 30, 2008, the application is credited to Quin C. Hoellwarth.

Previous patent applications from Apple have shown interest in portable electronics that can be worn on the head. To date, its most wearable device is the iPod shuffle.

Earlier this year, one patent application described a motion-sensing headset that could calculate its orientation to determine whether the user wanted to use the device, or leave it in standby.
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Aprils fools ;-) Did they figure out eyelash gestures?
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April fools?

Hmm...
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Apple did it again! It is just sooo stylish! I want one of those, the day they come out!
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Well, if anyone's gonna invent a holodeck it'll be Apple, unfortunately the brains AND the balls behind Apple's aggressive strategies won't be with us forever
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Apple should focus on cleaning up the App Store and putting full OS X on their MaxiPad, never mind more ridiculous patents.
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The application, entitled "Head-Mounted Display Apparatus for Retaining a Portable Electronic Device with Display," shows a pair of goggles with an integrated screen and headphones. The device could wirelessly communicate with another device, like an iPhone, to share content or control the headset.

This is the most innovative thing ive ever seen! Nobody has aver made anything like this!

How does Apple keep coming up with new ideas?
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iSpy?
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iSaw.
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post #10 of 44
HUD Glasses, huh?...

Well at least it wasn't some mind telepathy getup... Now let get back to the future... Enjoy your April Fools, people!

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Apple and others have been struggling with this paradigm shift for years. It seems clear that the best way to create a big screen experience with a portable device is some form of HUD. The idea is simple but the implementation is fraught with difficulties. If anyone has a shot at getting it right it would be Apple. Even so, it will take a lot of trial and error in the marketplace before the form factor is solidified. Think of early big front wheel bicycles and steam powered cars with steering sticks.
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An augmented reality type device may be the next big thing from Apple after the iPad, but it's better not look like this. This has got to be an April Fools joke. This reminds me of the laptop patent that slides in to the side of an iMac.
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You'll look stoopit doing your multi touch gestures.
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An augmented reality type device may be the next big thing from Apple after the iPad, but it's better not look like this. This has got to be an April Fools joke. This reminds me of the laptop patent that slides in to the side of an iMac.

Patent drawings are always clunky and schematic. First, because the final form isn't even close to completion--many prototypes will be tried. Second, because they don't want to give away any more details than they have to to competitors. Just enough to capture the concept. We're probably several years from seeing glasses in the store.
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post #17 of 44
Maybe it will pair with the upcoming Verizon flip iPhone.
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post #18 of 44
Please do not wear these when driving. Cell phone distractions cause enough accidents.
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post #19 of 44
The sooner we all get the chip brain implant permanently connected to the one big central computer the happier we will all be.
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post #20 of 44
Ah, the Apple 'iLash'. It's a iWear for your iTouch/iPhone.

It looks like the iLash is simply a frame to hold your iTouch or iPhone....interesting. Rather than wear spectacles to see your iPhone, just wear the iPhone!
post #21 of 44
Ten years ago I wore a similar device while having my fillings replaced. I watched City Slickers. It was a great viewing experience. I'm sure the ones today are better.

I don't think apple would get into this though.
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post #22 of 44
I am sure this guy will defend his IP(hone).

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Apple should focus on cleaning up the App Store and putting full OS X on their MaxiPad, never mind more ridiculous patents.

Take a deep breath. Companies patent their wild ideas years before they use them so if someone wants to step up first,at least they get royalities. Besides typically there's two groups dealing with new ideas and current products so the two don't affect each other.

And get over the whole 'full OS x on the ipad' thing. it's not likely to ever happen and certainly not for a long time. the hardware is not there yet, in power or price. No one is making you get an ipad so don't. No one is making you read the articles about it, so don't. So how about you stop making every unrelated article into a forum for ranting about your ipad hate.

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An augmented reality type device may be the next big thing from Apple after the iPad, but it's better not look like this.

and it likely won't. initial sketches are merely the idea. it will likely end up being some aviator style thing that's also sunglasses, designed by some fashion guy that is a friend of steve's and so on.

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This has got to be an April Fools joke.

it's not. you can find the patent in the proper databases.

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This reminds me of the laptop patent that slides in to the side of an iMac.

actually a lot of folks are still waiting for that display dock, so much so that they were sure the ipad was going to work in just such a way.

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Aprils fools ;-) Did they figure out eyelash gestures?

Looks like someone is watching the new 'V' series.
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post #25 of 44
I heard from an inside source that this is an actual product that uses augmented reality to utterly erase the device from existence. The final version will actually have eye tracking and lasers that will shoot the image straight into the eyes of everyone present. This technology will render the glasses invisible or change the environment for everyone present (or turn TekSTUD in to the troll he is).
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Apple should focus on cleaning up the App Store and putting full OS X on their MaxiPad, never mind more ridiculous patents.

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Filed for on Aug. 30, 2008, the application is credited to Quin C. Hoellwarth.

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Let's look at the "gadget" and think about it.... putting an iphone into the slot would cover up half the glass.. according to that picture. This means you'll be using TWO iphones to use up the entire glass there. Who in their right mind would wear TWO iphones on their head? Have you try holding your iphone up to your eyes? Can you SEE anything that close? Try it now... ok.. now have fun with the rest of the April Fool's day jokes.
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Well, if anyone's gonna invent a holodeck it'll be Apple, unfortunately the brains AND the balls behind Apple's aggressive strategies won't be with us forever

As Steve Jobs said at the D5 conference years ago: I want Star Trek. Just give me Star Trek!
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Apple did it again! It is just sooo stylish! I want one of those, the day they come out!

Me too! I hope that they will only work with iProducts. But watch Palm try to make them work with the Pre! All they ever do is to steal from Apple.
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post #32 of 44
If interested in some of the application scenarios, I wrote a post last year envisioning just such a direction for the iPhone:

3D Glasses: Virtual Reality, Meet the iPhone
http://radar.oreilly.com/2009/06/iph...l-reality.html

Excerpt: Framing the point a bit further, 3D Glasses are a kind of "meta" platform built to embrace and extend the iPhone Platform vis-Ã*-vis application specific libraries, open APIs, custom tools and of course, the glasses themselves, to enable third-parties to create their own 3D/VR-powered applications. The clearest way to think about the 3D Glasses Meta-Platform - let's call it X-Ray Specs - is as being a composite of a Runtime Layer, a Physical Glasses Layer and a Cloud Service Layer.

Check it out, if interested.

Mark
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Let's look at the "gadget" and think about it.... putting an iphone into the slot would cover up half the glass.. according to that picture. This means you'll be using TWO iphones to use up the entire glass there. Who in their right mind would wear TWO iphones on their head? Have you try holding your iphone up to your eyes? Can you SEE anything that close? Try it now... ok.. now have fun with the rest of the April Fool's day jokes.

The first time I saw it I thought the phone was just communicating with the glasses. I didn't really examine the drawings carefully enough to see that the phone actually was to go IN the glasses. OMG (facetiously), I have been punked. Thanks for making me take a second look, I was totally taken in by this. I am indeed an April fool.

Judging from some of the earlier posts, at least I am not the only one.
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HUD Glasses, huh?...

It's not a head-up display. It's a head-mounted display. An HMD.

This is yet another thing that dovetails with Apple's hiring of Richard DeVaul last month. Wearable computers are the next big thing.
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Stuff like this is intriguing, and in the long run, inevitable, but I think it's a way off yet, firstly this display has to be able to be al but fully transparent så you still can look outside.

The information displayed should be super imposed over reality and for full effect react to reality just like the uagmented reality apps for the latest phones, the real breakthrough will be when we get technology to construct displays with wireless communication in a contact lens.

I'm waiting eagerly for those kinds of devices...
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An augmented reality type device may be the next big thing from Apple after the iPad, but it's better not look like this. This has got to be an April Fools joke. This reminds me of the laptop patent that slides in to the side of an iMac.

Uh, you do remember Apple's Duo Dock, right? :P




Besides, this headmounted display would look so freakin' awesome that only Lady Gaga could wear it. Or maybe P. Diddy.

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iGlasses

get it?
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I would love to see how Apple would innovate in this space. This is the limit to what I can imagine happening in the next 3-5 years.

Current implementations don't do HD resolutions well. With the push ftrend towards 3d displays, you Gould do some interesting things with iGlasses.
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The viewer part of this has been worked out by myvu.

http://www.myvu.com/

It's the tracking that could make the Apple version unique.
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The viewer part of this has been worked out by myvu.

http://www.myvu.com/

It's the tracking that could make the Apple version unique.

Have those become good, yet? I tried the original Myvu and it wasn't a worthwhile experience.

What do you mean by tracking? That worked fine with the demo I used.
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